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The Kappa Beta Phi, Dorian, Sorority
The Kappa Beta Phi, Dorian, Sorority was founded in 1921. The letters Kappa Beta Phi stand for friendship, love, and loyalty. The Dorian motto is simplicity of manner, strength of purpose, and beauty of character.
The women of Kappa Beta Phi are devoted to bettering themselves and the Hope College Community. This is not only evident through their involvement on campus is various organizations, clubs, and sports teams, but also through their commitment to serving others. Dance Marathon, Relay for Life, dances at nursing homes, and a philanthropy project providing scholarships to underprivileged athletes at local high schools are examples of their service.
The sisters of Kappa Beta Phi also enjoy spending time together at many social events forming lifelong memories and friendships.
The Dorian Society was organized at Hope in 1921. The name Dorian represents that which is highest, finest, and simplest. The Doric column, notable for its strength, simplicity, and beauty, became the symbol of the society. Lavender and gold were chosen as the society's official colors and the yellow rose became the symbol of Dorian Friendship.
In 1941, the Dorian Society became a sorority with the Greek Letters Kappa (love and community) Beta (loyalty and reliability) Phi (friendship). The sorority adopted the wearing of lavender and yellow pledge pins in 1954, followed by the adoption of the sorority crest in 1961.
The Dorians' original brother fraternity was originally the Emersonians, with whom they held frequent literary meetings. Eventually, Dorian was the first sorority at Hope to break away from the classic sorority uniform style. Dorian was also the first to request a sorority house on campus. Hope College agreed to give the sorority a house in the fall of 1970. Dorian was temporarily given Kleis Cottage as their first sorority house.
Due to widespread conflict over the Vietnam War and civil rights issues felt on campuses across the nation, the Dorian Sorority found themselves divided. On February 18, 1971, the final result to disband was made as a result of internal conflict, financial problems, changing needs, and different interests.
Fortunately, a group of women who shared the values and ideals of Dorian came together to reinstate the sorority in 1988. After many meetings with Pan-Hel, the group succeeded in bringing the Kappa Beta Phi Sorority back to Hope College. Over a decade later, Dorian is alive and well on Hope's Campus carrying out the ideals of Kappa Beta Phi.